Venus de Milo, the fifth Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to appear in The Next Mutation, returns after 24 years.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has had several ups and downs. One absolute failure was The Next Mutation, a cheap live action show that ran for one season and unsuccessfully tried to capture the essence of the Power Rangers and pass it on to the Turtles. The most controversial thing was the introduction of the Venus de Milo, a female Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who was despised by the community and co-creator Peter Laird reportedly hated so much that he was not allowed to mention her.
Despite this unpopularity, the Venus de Milo idea has always been quite interesting, hampered by the show it appeared in, so fans have always wondered if it could be successfully brought back. According to GizmodoVenus will indeed appear in the climax of the current arc of the IDW comics.
As you can see in the images of Venus, she appears to be somewhat stitched together and able to separate her limbs somehow. She is still recognizable, judging by the light blue headband, but she seems much less humorous and hilarious, as in The Next Mutation. Venus will make her IDW debut in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #127 on March 17th.
Of the return of the Venus de Milo, writer Sophie Campbell said:
I’ve been trying to get Venus back for a while. I almost can’t believe it finally happened!
Editor and former TMNT writer Tom Waltz said of the return of Venus:
It was amazing to watch Sophie Campbell continue our long running TMNT series with such meticulous attention and dedication to the character driven storylines that have always been the backbone of what makes the Turtles so loved and enduring. And now she’s devised a clever plan to introduce a character from the past that many thought would never see the light of day again.